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on December 13, 2016
Seriously? How could you NOT love this movie? Every teenager should be required to watch it. The cast is great. The dialogue is hilarious. The movie is sooo 90's/indie/punk/hipster/brings you back to what it was like. It just makes you smile. Watch it. You'll love it.
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on July 31, 2009
Wouldn't we all like to work at a job where the employees are like family? In an environment where even when we screw up royally, everyone ultimately has our backs in the end - even our boss? If those ideas weren't appealing enough on their own, let's throw another one in for good measure: this utopia of a job is located in a music store. If this sounds right up your alley, then you too can live vicariously through the kids in the film Empire Records. This movie is an accurate snapshot of a (somewhat) carefree youth during the height of '90s culture, and it even has an exciting soundtrack to complement it.

Empire Records tells the tale of a group of young kids who work in a record store named Empire Records, natch. While closing the store one night, Lucas (Rory Cochrane) discovers that the Music Town franchise is going to try to take over the store. So, of course, he makes the (poor) snap decision to head to Atlantic City with $9,000 of the store's bank in his pocket in an attempt to gamble up enough dough to save the store from succumbing to "the man"'s (corporate) clutches. Of course, Lucas loses it all and the rest of the film takes place over the course of one day, which just happens to be "Rex Manning Day" - the day said celebrity (Maxwell Caulfield) is due to arrive at the store for a meet-and-greet.

Corey (Liv Tyler) has been patiently waiting for "Rex Manning Day" so that she can offer Manning her virginity. Gina (Renee Zellweger) is the promiscuous friend who has always been secretly jealous of how straight-edged Corey is, a bitterness that intensifies when Corey finds out she has been accepted to Harvard. Meanwhile, little does Corey know that this is a special day for co-worker A.J. (Johnny Whitworth) as well - he is determined to tell Corey that he loves her by 1:37 p.m., and not a minute later.

Continuing this eventful day is Deb (Robyn Tunney), who comes into work and immediately shaves her head. Later, it is revealed that she had also tried to commit suicide the night before after a fight with her on-and-off lover, Berko (Coyote Shivers). Rounding out the group is Mark (Ethan Embry [as Ethan Randall]), the adorable comic relief of the film who won't let the horrible events of the day ruin his sunny demeanor. And Anthony LaPaglia is endearing as Joe, the boss with a heart of gold who is more dad than boss. Scenes of equal parts hilarity and chaos ensue, such as when a customer tries to shoplift some CDs, or when Mark eats hash brownies, and the film ultimately culminates in a gooey, feel-good ending.

A note to super-fans about the "Remix! Special Fan Edition" of the DVD: it is, in a word, disappointing. While most DVDs allow you to view deleted scenes separately, this version is entirely uncut. Some scenes are helpful (for instance, you can better understand why Cory runs out of the room when Manning agrees to have sex with her), though some scenes add nothing to the film, and it's understandable why they were ultimately cut. Like in the beginning when Lucas has a "deep" discussion with a customer that he lets in after hours. This is nothing more than filler. There's also an unnecessary alteration to the "why don't you all just fade away?" line.

The "Remix!" DVD puts a heavier focus on the music, rather than the film. As a fan, you might be psyched about this - and rightfully so - though sadly, you shouldn't be. The film's soundtrack, which features artists like the Gin Blossoms and the Cranberries, is the epitome of '90s alternative rock, and the cover of the DVD conveniently lists the songs by the scenes they accompany. So for example, if you feel like listening to "'Til I Hear It From You" from the Gin Blossoms, you can skip to the scene that features that song. This is a fantastic feature, and one that should accompany all other music-heavy films and TV shows that are burned to DVD. However, the down side here is that the volume on this particular DVD is amped up exponentially. The end result is that you have to crank up the volume to hear the dialogue and when the music comes on, you get blasted off of the couch.
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on June 23, 2017
This is my favorite movie of all the 90s. Teen movies don't really get any better than this... for me, anyway. Watching it kind of makes me want to have my own record store, as long as I'm rich and don't care if it's feasible in today's economy. The characters are charismatic, and Anthony LaPaglia's character Joe is a cool boss to have and also doesn't take much crap. I wish I had a cool job to go to like these kids.
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on June 2, 2017
I owned it on DVD and had to have the blu ray. Video is definitely better that DVD but not but is just average for blu ray. The audio however is very good, which is good considering the excellent line up 8 n the soundtrack.
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on June 14, 2015
This isn't the Remix edition, but I'm still giving it 5 stars because we finally have this great movie on Blu Ray. For many years, this is one catalog title I've been itching for and it just seemed to have been forgotten about. The bonus features aren't really anything to jump over, but the presentation of the film from the audio quality to picture quality is top notch. If you haven't seen this movie by now, you're truly missing out on one of the better comedy films to come out of the 90s.
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This is a surprisingly good little movie! Needless to say, the soundtrack is awesome. But I was surprised at how good the acting and the plot was. Liv Tyler is so watchable and charming. Other members of this great cast are Renee Zellweger, Robin Tunney and Anthony LaPaglia! This is about one day in the lives of people working in a record store, but it's much more fun than it sounds. With this soundtrack and this cast, I would recommend buying yourself a copy!
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on June 15, 2017
A great coming-of-age ensemble piece and probably a cult favorite for Generation X. Featuring Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger and Robin Tunney. The soundtrack is phenomenal - in particular, Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You" is an earworm I don't want to get rid of.
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on January 3, 2016
This is a very fun movie to watch.
Good music and hilarious actors and no true antagonist.
Renée Zellweger and Liv Tyler were all really charming and all of the rest did their job well.
The story is really simple but not boring at all.
The music and dance really boost up the film too.
Those who lived with the CDs and vinyle discs will really love this movie
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on February 12, 2015
This is a perfect example of the 90's at its finest.. there are so many memorable quotes but my favorite:

A.J.: What's with you? Yesterday you were normal and today you're like the Chinese guy from the Karate Kid. What's with you today?

Lucas: What's with today today?
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VINE VOICEon March 30, 2017
This one of my favorite movies... definitely in my top 5. It brings me right back to high school!
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